Stress and Mental Well-Being Experiences of Professional Football Coaches

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Lee BaldockUniversity of South Wales

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Rich NeilCardiff Metropolitan University

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Stephen D. MellalieuCardiff Metropolitan University

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The stress experiences and their impact upon the daily lives and mental well-being of English Premier League professional (soccer) football coaches were explored using an in-depth qualitative design. Eight participants were interviewed using a semi-structured approach with thematic and causal network analysis revealing that (a) a range of contextually dependent demands were experienced and interpreted in relation to their situational properties; (b) many demands were appraised and emotionally responded to in a negative manner; (c) a range of coping strategies were adopted to cope with stress experiences, with many reported as ineffective; and (d) stress experiences often led to negative implications for their daily lives and eudaimonic and hedonic well-being. Positive adaptations to some demands experienced were reported and augmented perceptions of mental well-being. The findings of this study make a novel and significant contribution to understanding the interrelationships between the principal components of the stress process and the prospective links between stress and mental well-being.

Baldock and Cropley are with the School of Health, Sport & Professional Practice, University of South Wales, Pontypridd, United Kingdom. Neil and Mellalieu are with Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, United Kingdom.

Baldock (lee.baldock@southwales.ac.uk) is corresponding author.
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